30 October 2014

Brushstroke Releases Version 2.0 and I Have a Giveaway!

If you don't already have the painterly app Brushstroke, keep reading to find out how you can win one of ten FREE copies I have to give away. If you already have Brushstroke, be sure to update it to take advantage of all the new features.  Here's what's been added:

• New painting styles, color palettes, and canvases
• Swipe to adjust painting detail and color
• Optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
• iOS 8 and 64-bit support
• Ship and share previously saved paintings
• Ship framed prints and posters
• Details and price breakdowns for shipped products
• Manual exposure and camera improvements
• Visual quality improvements
• New adjustments
• Crop your paintings
• Undo, redo, and reset
• Landscape support on iPad
• Move and scale your signature
• Bug fixes and other improvements

To create a painterly image load your image and select a brushstroke style found by tapping the paintbrush icon. Slide your finger from left to right across your device's screen to adjust the color or detail of the style. Next on to the color style (indicated by the painter's palette). Tapping the easel icon will bring up a selection of canvas styles. The slider icon reveals editing tools to adjust Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Density, Vibrance, Exposure, Shadows, Highlights, Temperature, Thickness (of the Brushstroke) and Sharpness. Tap the "a" icon on the far right to add your signature to the piece. Brushstroke even connects you with direct access for ordering prints of your artwork directly from the app.

There are so many unique styles to choose from with this new release and the addition of the ability to make adjustments within a style increases the possible combinations. If you check out my app recipes on Instagram, you'll find that I use Brushstroke a lot on my painterly edits. Think outside the box and combine your images rendered with Brushstroke with the results from other apps for a really original creation!

Here are two quick pieces I created using only Brushstroke's latest version. 

© Geri Centonze
St. Louis in the Fall

© Geri Centonze
Leave a comment below to be eligible for the drawing for a FREE copy of Brushstroke. TEN lucky winners will be selected by random draw on Saturday, November 1 at 9:00 a.m. PDT.

Good Luck!

Anatomy of an Edit No. 1

I have been posting 15-second tutorials on Instagram, but it is very difficult to see what's going on at that pace. I will be posting extended versions at Art of Mob. Never miss a post by subscribing here to get Art of Mob in your inbox!

Shoot it with iPhone 6
Crop it with Snapseed
Paint it with Sketch Club
Brushstroke it with Brushstroke
Blend it with Sketch Club
Paint it with Sketch Club
AntiCrop it with AntiCrop
Straighten it with Gyro Cropper
Texture it with Stackables
Layer it with Sketch Club
Tone and Crop it with Snapseed

29 October 2014

Robin Robertis - Featured iPhone Photographer

Little did I realize when I attended the L.A. Mobile Arts Festival in 2012 that I would end up interviewing some of the featured artists one day for Art of Mob. It was that event and the work of the many talented photographers that pointed me in the direction of mobile photography. I am pleased and honored that Robin Robertis took the time to answer some questions about her life and her work.

© Robin Robertis
What is your name and where do you live?

RR:  My name is Robin Robertis and I live in a wonderful beach town called Encinitas in California.

How did you get started in mobile photography? 

RR:  I was working with Photoshop, my friend and Photoshop guru, Jack Davis brought over the first generation iPhone and said I had to get it...and so I did.

© Robin Robertis

Do you have a traditional photography or art background?

RR:  Nothing traditional about me. I never went to college and just signed up for art classes of all types here and there. My works have included so many different types of media including: encaustic, bronze, oil, and collage. I learned Photoshop before I ever really picked up a camera, because I could collage images and art that I created in a 2 or 3D form. I was never a photographer, but just hung out with them. I wanted to be a painter, but it’s not my strong suit. So I am really enjoying combining what I have learned and using the iPhone and apps to create my finished work.

© Robin Robertis

© Robin Robertis

Who or what inspires you?

What : People the most, flora, water, and my travels

Who : My my portrait painting teacher Vanessa Lemen. She has had a great deal of influence on my work, inspirationally and I carry over the techniques that she taught me in painting in my photographic work.

My friend Karen Daspit who shoots fine art flora. The most amazing work to me, which I connected with instantly.

I also grew up on the ocean, and was a swimmer and diver in my early years. My father still surfs, so I have a big love of underwater photography and have been experimenting with my iPhone underwater case by Optrix. I'm honored to have a featured shot on their Instagram site a couple of times. My Pinterest page has links to some of my favorites artists.

© Robin Robertis

Do you plan your shoots with an end in mind or do you shoot and decide later as you edit?

RR:  Sometimes if I’m shooting in the pool, but most of the time not. I’m a heavy editor, basically because I shoot fast and I try and cover up a lot for lack of my photographic skills. I'm very ADD, so I’m all over the place.  I shoot with two iPhones. I will shoot the same thing in lots of different apps, and filters and then see what turns outs.

© Robin Robertis

© Robin Robertis

I love your new series of floral images on black backgrounds. Can you share a bit about the shooting and editing process?

RR:  I live in a tree house type flat that is floor to ceiling windows. It's my fire place in the afternoon light, serves as sort of a natural black light box.

© Robin Robertis

© Robin Robertis

© Robin Robertis

What are your favorite apps for editing?

1.  Snapseed. I do all my basic editing here. I love that they have a paste feature. My workflow is usually Crop, Automatic, Tune, Detail, and Selective Adjust tool (which is my all-time fave!). I also like the HDR feature, and my long-time favorite is Grunge. The Frames are tasteful, though I like PhotoToaster's frames the best.

2.  TouchRetouch. I touch up all the spots and obvious flaws.

3.  I have also been liking AntiCrop, along with Handy Photo's Magic Crop. I often extend the canvas and re-crop for Instagram.

4.  Adobe Photoshop Express is my new favorite app for its presets, replacing PhotoToaster, my former favorite. The sharpen and reduce noise feature rivals that of Noiseware.

5.  Blender and Filterstorm

© Robin Robertis

I first saw your work at the L.A. Mobile Arts Festival in 2012. Has your work been exhibited elsewhere?

RR:  Yes, quite a few places - you can find a Pinterest board here that includes all of my published iPhoneography.

© Robin Robertis

Have you ever sold your work? If not, any plans for the future? 

RR:  Yes, I have. I also do commission work. I was commissioned last year by Emmy Award winner composer Larry Groupe to shoot the cover of his original scores CD using my iPhone and am a signed artist with a book cover publishing company. I was lucky enough to get two covers this year for Mobiography. I currently have some work at The Empty Spaces Project - Putnam, CT. Also, recently I had three pieces in the Pocket Vistas exhibit in Ontario, Canada, the New Era Museum Kansas City as well as New York and Toronto galleries.

Mobiography Magazine Featuring Robin Robertis

© Robin Robertis

What advice would you give mobile photographers just starting out?

RR:  Shoot what you love, your everyday. Experiment...Take that unexpected angle. I’ve been told the best camera is the one you have with you, and it's digital! For those of us who are old enough to remember film, let go of the old instinct of holding back and shoot, shoot, shoot. Connect with iPhoneography groups on Flickr, Instagram and Facebook and share with your fellow artists.

© Robin Robertis

© Robin Robertis

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

RR:  I am so excited to be in this group of new cutting edge artists. It's so exciting to me, and I can’t help but wonder what the artists of the Modernist, Dada and Surrealist movements would have done with this this medium.

© Robin Robertis

© Robin Robertis

Find Robin: Website / Instagram / Flickr / Pinterest / Facebook 

Apps & Equipment Mentioned:
Handy Photo 
Adobe Photoshop Express

27 October 2014

Instagram Challenge - Dark Art

For all of you Halloween fans, this is your chance to explore the realm of Dark Art with this week's Instagram Challenge. Tag old and new mobile only images to #aom_darkart.

Showcase will be posted on Sunday, November 2nd.

Great apps for this challenge:

Bloody Ghosts FREE
Hallows Eve
Horror Cam FREE
Fright PhotoCrash FREE

© Geri Centonze

Instagram Challenge Showcase - contrast by hornbeck

“The most colorful thing in the world is black and white, it contains all colors and at the same time excludes all.”  ― Vikrmn10 Alone

This week it may have been a bit more difficult shooting with just one app, contrast by hornbeck. Sometimes when we're not familiar with a particular app, we give up and move on to the next one. Hopefully you enjoyed exploring the possibilities of shooting with this very unique black and white app. Below are just a sampling of the photos submitted for the challenge. Below each image is the artist's Instagram username. Please visit the aom_contrastbyhornbeck hashtag to view them all.


Mob Paint Monday No. 39

"Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears." - Edgar Allan Poe

I'm very pleased to share some of the work from our Mob Paint Flickr Group. Today is the 39th showcase. Please join us and submit your painterly mobile photo art. To all those participating, please add the apps used if at all possible when posting to the group.

eyes turned inwardly © Susan Tuttle
eyes turned inwardly © Susan Tuttle
Apps Used: Camera+, FocalLab, Mextures, PicFX, Filsterstorm Neu, Image Blender